So, I’ve finally decided to learn how to sew properly, with an eye to creating some tarot bags for myself that incorporate all of the features that I really like in a bag.

Robert Kaufman Stargasers fabricIn my previous post about my favourite bag creators, I mentioned a really nice Stargazers fabric that I kept seeing everywhere. I’ve since learned that it is a Robert Kaufman fabric that comes in the black and blue that I’ve already seen, but also in red. The black version in particular is striking in person.

Robert Kaufman Fabrics makes or imports some other really nice fabrics, including a large range of hand-dyed, artisan batik fabrics from Lunn Studios. I became interested in batik fabrics after seeing the fabrics used by Kerri Walters (Little Moon Originals) for the mandalas on her tarot bags, and Robert Kaufman’s batiks are gorgeous examples of the art.

After I bought some nice fabric from a new favourite bag creator who was destashing, I started looking at other fabric sellers on eBay, mostly on the hunt for batiks and/or quilting squares or small pieces of fabric (fat quarters, primarily) in nice colours — I have a hard time deciding among patterns I like and can’t afford and don’t want large swaths of fabrics lying around, so smaller pieces are more suitable. 

I found a seller who has some really nice batik quilting squares that I went a little overboard bidding on (overboard in the sense of bidding on a number of items, not placing high bids). I see now from looking at their feedback history that I serious underestimated what those batiks are likely to ultimately sell for and I’m not sure how I feel about that. On the one hand, I really don’t need really nice fabric right now so if I get outbid, that might be a good thing. On the other hand, if the prices I’m seeing that most people paid for their items is any indication, these small sets of quilting squares are way outside of my price range. They’re nice but are they *that* nice? So, part of me hopes I get outbid and part hopes I don’t.